There is a high demand for people who need addiction treatment, but oftentimes, they don’t receive the help that they need for various reasons. Medical professionals specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) and mental disorders are always one step ahead, always looking for ways to get individuals the help that they need and close this gap.
Our team of experts at Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare knows firsthand about the growing number of people searching for treatment for their co-occurring disorders, as we experience it every day in our facility!
We truly understand that not only are the diseases of addiction and mental illness hard to manage and overcome but admitting and reaching out for help is the toughest pill to swallow.
Going to treatment is probably one of the most powerful and smartest decisions a person suffering from addiction and mental illness will ever make, not only for themselves but also for their loved ones.
A situation such as this is also both a challenging and scary one, as it poses the notion of the unknown, leaving most people questioning themselves and what to expect.
Therefore, we have streamlined our admissions process to be as accessible and seamless as possible. Our goal is to help make an individual’s transition into drug and alcohol treatment and recovery less difficult and stressful, so that they or a loved one can focus on what matters most, overcoming the cycle of addiction.
Reaching Out is the First Step
Someone admitting they need help and reaching out is the first step. However, not knowing what to expect when entering rehab for substance abuse or mental illness can make the situation all the more unsettling.
To minimize complications and concerns, our admissions specialists at Granite Mountain will provide all incoming patients with the following:
- Intake process: The patient is given a confidential and extensive psychological evaluation
- Payment Information: Finances are a major reason why people feel burdened and deter from receiving the treatment that they need. We assess an individual’s case and then provide them with information regarding payment options including insurance coverage information and benefits.
- Facility Information: Information about the facility is given entailing what services and treatment programs are offered.
- What to Expect: A guide of what to expect during detox and treatment is given to each person to prepare them for their journey to recovery. What to bring and what not to bring to the facility is also outlined.
Granite’s team of highly trained experts has put together a comprehensive guide, detailing each step of our admissions process, including what to expect during and after treatment for substance abuse and/or mental illness.
Read more below on how to effectively prepare for entering our inpatient and outpatient rehab facilities.
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Step 1 of Admissions: Get in Touch
As mentioned before, reaching out for help is the first step to recovery! At Granite Mountain, when you call, one of our admissions representatives will be there to assist you through this already intimidating and emotionally-charged process.
During our intake process over-the-phone, we collect various pieces of confidential and necessary information regarding medical history and admittance into treatment, including the following:
- Medical history: medications, surgeries, health concerns, etc.
- Substance abuse and history
- Mental health history
- Details about one’s life, including the environment they live in
- Biological factors: age, gender, sexual orientation
- Any concerns regarding overall health or mental illness
- Treatment start date
When you call, first and foremost, know that we will listen and address any concerns you may have. We understand that this is a hard time for you and your family.
The information that we gather on the phone will begin the official admissions process and we will continue to collect necessary details for the in-person formal intake assessment when necessary. We want to answer all of your questions before your arrival so that you know what to expect in recovery. Start your journey to recovery by contacting us today!
Step 2 of Admissions: Insurance Verification
In an effort to help minimize any financial concerns about treatment, we’re happy to contact insurance providers directly, verify your coverage, and handle all billing. In our experience, many carriers have some level of assistance for substance abuse treatment. Please feel free to fill out our Insurance Verification Form to expedite this process.
Step 3 of Admissions: Orientation
After completing the admissions process over-the-phone, we give people an official treatment start date of when to come into our facility. Upon arrival, an orientation of getting to know us and our facility, and us getting to know you will be conducted.
Step 4 of Admissions: Evaluation and Detox
After getting acquainted during orientation, we continue the preliminary psychosocial evaluation that was initially conducted on the phone. This intake interview is very crucial! It helps us medical professionals understand each person’s case and their needs.
Especially one’s history of substance abuse and mental illness can help our medical professionals effectively and accurately diagnose people. Missing any underlying factors, especially mental illness, can be detrimental to one’s recovery process and overall health.
We strive to effectively and efficiently evaluate everyone who comes into our facility. This allows us to lay the foundation to create and map out a high-quality, personalized comprehensive treatment plan, and schedule, in order to meet one’s needs.
After evaluation, the detox process begins. After a person has stopped abusing alcohol and drugs for some time, the body reacts by producing withdrawal symptoms. These physical and psychological side-effects are often unpleasant.
As a means to relieve these symptoms, a person goes through a process before treatment begins called detoxification or medically-assisted detox (MAT). The body is rid of the toxins from drinking and taking drugs with the assistance of various types of therapy and three FDA-approved anti-craving medications known as buprenorphine, naltrexone, and suboxone.
These medications not only help to stop withdrawal symptoms but also cravings, especially for those who are addicted to prescription painkillers known as opioids. Opioid abuse is one of the most common types of addiction and epidemics plaguing the United States and worldwide.
Our philosophy of care is to always provide individuals suffering, with the resources for how to prevent relapse, achieve long-term care and sobriety, resulting in optimal recovery.
Our admissions procedure allows people to feel at ease with the process and prepare mentally and physically for treatment.
What to Expect During Admissions
When you arrive at Granite Mountain, you’ll check-in and begin the admissions process. Our caring admissions team will inspect your bags so that no prohibited items are brought into the facility to ensure everyone’s safety.
Items to Bring to Treatment
It’s recommended to bring the following with you to addiction treatment:
- A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of friends, loved ones, healthcare professionals, anyone you wish to contact, etc…
- Everyday jewelry you consider to be a necessity, like a wedding ring or a watch. It’s recommended you leave valuable items at home.
- An alarm clock for those periods you may not have your phone
- Your current prescription medication in the original pharmacy bottle with the information label intact
- List of all current medications and their dosages
- A small amount of cash ($50-$300)
- Your checkbook, credit/debit card to pay for treatment medications.
- Your health insurance cards and a form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
- A notebook or journal
- Stamps & envelopes to mail letters
- Pictures of your loved ones to keep in your room or wallet.
- If you wish to bring your own reading materials… paperback books are best, as they’re easier to carry around than hardcovers.
Clothing to Bring to Treatment
Space in your room could be limited, so try not to overpack. Pack layers… like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans & jackets. You’ll have a laundry machine at your house, so a week’s worth of clothing should be enough.
Pack clothes with materials that are easy to wash & don’t require special care, such as dry cleaning, other delicates. Be sure to bring a weeks’ worth of comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, including:
- Shoes: comfy shoes for everyday wear, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip flops for the shower
- Shirts: if bringing tank tops, make sure you also pack cardigans to wear with them to comply with your center’s dress code
- Shorts: Not too short
- One or two “dressy” outfits: For special occasions, like a family visit
- Bathing suit: a one-piece is usually required for women, trunks for men
- Hat: your center may not allow hats indoors
Other items you might need:
Additional Insurance and Payment Information
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of addiction and mental health treatment. How much coverage and what benefits may be included depends on the type of insurance one has.
Medical treatment is expensive. Research has shown, that financial burden is one of the most common reasons why people do not receive the treatment that they need.
As a testament and dedication to our clients, our addiction treatment services including dual diagnosis, are affordable, as we accept most private insurance plans. If you are not sure if you can afford treatment or have insurance coverage, call us to verify.
Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare Admissions
Deciding to enter substance abuse and mental health treatment is the first step to achieving and maintaining sobriety. At Granite Mountain, our admissions counselors will determine the treatment options that will work best for you and your needs.
The detoxification process before treatment will be accomplished safely under medical supervision, shortening the duration and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. The use of these medications along with support groups and therapy, helps people begin their treatment program more quickly, healthy, and in the best physical condition.
Call Granite Mountain Admissions Today to Change Your Life
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and mental illness, you are not alone! Our multidisciplinary team comprised of admissions counselors, addiction/mental health specialists, and therapists, can help you recover and get your life back on track!
If you have any other questions about our admissions process, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!